According to ABC News
, the official said also that Welch had been dealing with some health issues recently. A suicide note was found at the scene.
His body was found by his wife, Wendy at around noon, Reuters
Born in Los Angeles, Welch joined Fleetwood Mac in 1971, MTV News
reports. He played guitar and contributed vocals on five Fleetwood Mac albums which include Future Games
, Bare Trees
, Mystery Of Me
, and Heroes Are Hard To Find.
Welch wrote the title track to Future Games
, ABC News
He was a member of Fleetwood Mac from 1971-1974, before Stevie Nicks and Lindsey Buckingham joined the group.
After leaving Fleetwood Mac, Welch onto enjoy a successful solo career, Reuters
reports. Some of his solo hits include "Sentimental Lady" and "Ebony Eyes."
In 1976, he formed the British rock group Paris, MTV News
Mick Fleetwood, one of the founding members of Fleetwood Mac and Welch's manager during his solo career told Reuters
that Welch's suicide was "incredibly out of character."
"He was a very very profoundly intelligent human being and always in good humor, which is why this is so unbelievably shocking," he said.
"He was a huge part of our history which mostly gets forgotten-mostly his legacy would be his songwriting abilities that he brought to Fleetwood Mac, which will survive all of us," Fleetwood continued.
"If you look into our history, you'll see a huge period that was completely ensconced in Bob's work."
Stevie Nicks also commented on Welch's death calling it "devastating," CNN
reports. "I had many great times with him after Lindsey and I joined Fleetwood Mac," she said.
"He was an amazing guitar player. He was funny, sweet and he was smart. I am very sorry for his family and for the family of Fleetwood Mac, so, so sad." Nicks said.